Erlanger Health System on Tuesday cut the ribbon on the sparkling new Children's Hospital Kennedy Outpatient Center. The first patients will be treated next week.
There was another large crowd, in addition to Sunday's community open house, to tour the three-story facility that was completed in just a year and a half following groundbreaking.
The new center will house more than 50 pediatric subspecialists, including cardiologists, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, neurologists and orthopedists, who will serve more than 100,000 patients annually.
Don Mueller, CEO of Children's Hospital, said, "This building is one of a kind in the nation for not only providing more access to pediatric specialists, but also for transforming the way we care for children. Every aspect of the architecture, interior design, activities and patient care areas were created with the help of our patients, staff and community input. The colors, artwork and technology were all made-to-order with children in mind."
The 90,000-square-foot facility includes photography and artwork by local artists, a hang glider suspended from the lobby ceiling, a Giving Tree, a secret garden, Tristin the fire truck and Sally the tow truck.
Each of the colorful treatment rooms is outfitted with its own delightful art piece. There are no doctor offices, but the ...